Yes, You Can Train Your Cat Tricks!

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And your cat may actually enjoy it (more than Ms. Bunny ears here.) You probably think your cat believes you are here to serve him or her. And perhaps you are. But this does not mean that cats cannot be trained. They are very smart, and can be motivated to please others, especially when treats and affection are the prize!

Remember, dogs will do tricks for the sheer joy of pleasing their master. Cats, on the other hand, will master behaviors to get something out of it.

Here is a wonderful video from our local favorite shelter (that Ms. Boo was adopted from) that demonstrates that it is not only possible, but also beneficial to train your cats for their well being!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6wgbCmaD8o&feature=colike

Clicker training is effective, but not the only method. Food is a huge motivator for your cat's inner predator, so it is best to train kitty when she's hungry and use a yummy treat for a reward. Hunting/play time becomes training time that is enjoyable and mentally stimulating for you both. Repetition is key.

There are lots of wonderful cat training resources on the web, so do some research and you'll see that the sky is the limit! Here is another video to inspire you.

http://youtu.be/AvIdVD74cDE

Featured photo courtesy of 甘ロリ

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